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Children’s Hospitals Week Continues in Spite of COVID-19

Published on: April 7, 2020

Awareness week encourages support for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northern New York

Watertown, NY — The COVID-19 pandemic that is sweeping the globe is rapidly changing the way we live. You feel this in your own life. We feel it at Samaritan Medical Center, too. As your local children’s hospital, our staff remain on the front lines of caring for our most vulnerable patients who still turn to us each day – this includes our miracle families. Injuries and illnesses don’t take a break. And our mission doesn’t change because of the novel coronavirus.

To shine a light on the importance of children’s hospitals and how donations help kids get the best care when they need it, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals of Northern New York at Samaritan Medical Center and Johnny Spezzano, Morning Influencer for The Border 106.7, are pleased to participate in the fourth annual #ChildrensHospitalsWeek, April 6-12.

“Being an influencer for the good that CMN does for our community over the last 20 years has been an incredible gift to be a part of,” said Johnny Spezzano.

From their homes, CMN Director Kristin LaClair and Johnny Spezzano will turn to social media for this week-long initiative, celebrating miracle families and the Samaritan Medical Center staff that help keep North Country children safe and healthy today and every day.

“The reality is, our miracle families can’t wait for the curve to flatten or an economic boost,” said Kristin LaClair, Director of CMN. “Our families need us now more than ever – no matter what that support looks like. We are all in this together.”

If able, here are some ways to support local kids and Samaritan caregivers during Children’s Hospitals Week:

Get inspired by stories. Visit CMN of NNY or Johnny Spezzano’s Facebook Page to see the stories of children throughout the North Country.

Encourage patients and caregivers. Make a card, write a note, leave a message on the CMN of NNY Facebook Page – let our miracle children and our healthcare heroes know you’re cheering them on.

Give to the Children’s Hospitals COVID-19 Impact Fund. Make an impact on the way we move forward in caring for local kids. Funds will be used to support the financial needs of miracle families, many of whom are facing greater financial hardships related to their jobs, travel, housing and medical supplies.

Visit for more information on the COVID-19 Impact Fund. All donations made to Samaritan Medical Center stay local to help children in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.

For more information on #ChildrensHospitalsWeek or Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Northern New York, contact Kristin LaClair, Director of CMN, at 315-785-4053 or

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